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Should parents be forced to volunteer at their children's school?


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LeslieCrawford May 11, 2010

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While volunteering by force is an oxymoron,requiring parents to spend time at their child's school, even a few hours a year,is good for everyone.


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kkinik May 11, 2010

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That could be difficult for parents working more than one job. But for those who have the time, getting more involved at schools can be a rewarding way to enhance their kids' education and make much-needed improvements (like eliminating junk food or providing after-school tutoring).


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CarolLloyd May 11, 2010

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It sounds good -- so many schools act like volunteering is a favor to the parents, not essential to learning. But it's hard to see how it will work practically. What happens when a parent refuses or simply doesn't have time? It's a fine line between forcing parents and articulating expectations that parents commit to volunteering a certain number of hours. If any district succeeds, and learning jumps, it'll be a sign to other districts to take volunteering seriously.


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tjlove May 11, 2010

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A school district in Northern California is at work on a proposal to require all families to volunteer 30 hours each school year. The idea is to engage parents in their children's education but some wonder if it's more about schools having to rely on parents as budgets continue to get cut. Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/doFKyI


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jimboson May 11, 2010

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Nobody likes the idea of being forced to do anything but I think this is a good idea. School success is hinged on parent involvement.




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